Kragthorpe talks with RB Dale Martin

Minutes after being introduced as the 20th head football coach at the University of Louisville, Steve Kragthorpe spoke with the Cardinal programs most recent verbal commitment. has the latest on four-star running back Dale Martin. four-star running back Dale Martin committed to Louisville less than a week ago. Prior to participating in the East Meets West All-American game in Orlando, the Bolingbrook (Ill) High School product called U of L assistant coach Reggie Johnson and verbally committed to the Cardinal program.

Less than 24 hours later, the Cardinals head coach had left for the NFL and Martin's decision seemed to thrown into limbo. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound back, who visited Louisville in December, had a number of major programs, such as Iowa and Tennessee, seeking his services.

Upon hearing the news of the change at U of L, Martin began re-considering a trip to Knoxville.

"To be truthful, I haven't really talked to (Tennessee) about it yet," said Martin. "I'm not 100% sure I'm going to take another visit, but it's still a possibility."

The reason for his indecisiveness about taking an additional trip is due in part to a phone call from new U of L head coach Steve Kragthorpe on Tuesday night.

"I talked to the new head coach - he called me right after his press conference and told me that they still wanted me," Martin told "He told me that nothing is changing. My recruiter and running backs coach will still be there, plus he‘s an offensive minded type of coach. He seemed like a pretty good guy."

Kragthorpe and Martin also briefly discussed an in-home visit.

"We didn't schedule anything, but he told me that they will call back and set something up to come my house near the end of the month," said Martin.

As for his current verbal commitment to Louisville?

"I'm most likely going to still go there."



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